Duncans in Bureau Co. IL


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised April 19, 2009

Formed 1837 from Putnam


1840-1850 Bureau Co. IL Census
      No Duncan indexed

1860 Bureau Co. IL Census
Princeton Twp.
Pg.45, #346-352, Henry DUNCAN 40 NY farm laborer $400-$50
                  Philann (f) 37 ENG
                  Stavely (m) 10, Jane A. 7 NY
                  Dolly 2 IL
                  (MAD: 1850 Steuben Co. NY census)
Pg.86, #622-634, Frederick MOSELY 42 NY farmer $45000-$450
                  Francis E. (f) 30 MA
                  Roland E. (m) 6, Fred P. 4 IL
                  Bryant 2, Douglas 2/12 IL
                  Kate DOLAND 18 IRE housework
                  Martha METCALF 25 ENG nurse
                  John KEIF 26 IRE day laborer
                  William SNYDER 30 NY day laborer
                  Henry DUNCAN 19 NY day laborer
                  David DUNCAN 15 NY day laborer
                  (MAD: one William H.H. Duncan in 1850 Steuben Co. NY census, ? William Henry H. Duncan ?; one William H. Duncan in Co.F 20th Inf. from Princeton, Bureau Co. IL, in Civil War)
Arispie Twp.
Pg.529, #3603-3650, Daniel RADCLIFF 75 VA farmer $10,000-$2070
                  Rachel 60 KY
                  Mary 34 OH
                  George M. 32 OH farm lab. $1000-$300
                  Lucy 18 OH
                  Isaac A. MYATICE 24 PA farm laborer
                  Sarah DONKIN 76 VA (blank) $0-$1000

1870 Bureau Co. IL Census
Pg.177, #30-30, ELLIS, M.W. (m) 27 IL farmer $4000-$1400
                  Mary 27 IL keeping house
                  Sarah 8, Frances (f) 4, Frank 2 IL
                  DUNCAN, Dollie (f) 12 IL
Pg.232, #135-135, DUNCAN, John 26 NY coal miner $0-$0
                  Honora (f) 21 MA ("Mass") keeping house
                  Catherin (f) 4/12 IL b.March at home
Pg.232, #148-147, DUNCAN, Peter 52 IRE coal miner $800-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 47 IRE keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  Catherine 18 PA at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Mathew 16 PA in mine, parents of foreign birth
                  Bridget 14, Alice 11 IL at home, parents of foreign birth
                  Thomas 9, Peter 6 IL at home, parents of foreign birth
Indiantown (page faint)
Pg.313, #35-35, POWERS, Cyrus? (m) 55 NY farmer $25,000-$6,300
                  Nancy 52 NY keeps house
                  James 23 NY on farm
                  Mary 20 NY at home
                  Cyrus? (m) 16 NY on farm
                  Nathan?? (m) 12 IL
                  DUNCAN, Betsy 25 NY domestic servant
                  Harriet 18 NY
                  HENDERSON, Jackson? 25 SWEden farm hand, parents of foreign birth
Pg.395, #18-18, DUNCAN, James 30 SCT coal miner $0-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 31 SCT keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  Ellen 6 SCT home, parents of foreign birth
                  Joseph 5, Jennet (f) 2 IL, parents of foreign birth
                  William 6/12 IL b.Nov, parents of foreign birth
                  William 34 SCT coal miner, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: Ellen's age written as a 3, crossed out, then 6; 1880 LaSalle Co. IL census)
Pg.395, #27-27, DUNCAN, Mungo (m) 19 SCT coal miner $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Jennet 65 SCT keep house $200-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  (MAD: Corrections from Nancy Salazar 7/20/2005; 1880 LaSalle Co. IL census)
Pg.395, #28-28, DUNCAN, John 28 SCT coal miner $500-$300, parents of foreign birth
                  Elizabeth 24 SCT keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  Margaret 1 IL, parents of foreign birth
Pg.399, #87-88, DUNCAN, Peter 50 IRE coal miner $0-$0, parents of foreign birth
                  Catherine 38 IRE keeps house, parents of foreign birth
                  Mary 19 PA house work, parents of foreign birth
                  Mathew 18 PA coal miner, parents of foreign birth
                  Bridget (f) 13 IA ("Iowa") at home, parents of for.birth
                  Alice 11, Thomas 9, Peter 4 IL, parents of foreign birth
Pg.420, #199-196, DUNCAN, Jason 33 IL optician $0-$200
                  Elisabeth H. 28 IL keeps house
                  Eda (f) 7, John 5 IL at home
                  PRICE, Joseph 25 OH optician $0-$150
                  Getta (f) 18 IL keeps house
                  (MAD: 1860 Knox Co. IL census)


Pension Index Card File, alphabetical; of the Veterans Administrative Contact and Administration Services, Admin. Operations Services, 1861-1934; Duff to A-J Duncan (negative FHL film 540,888, some cards very faint); Joseph Duncan to Dunn (positive FHL film 540,889, some cards very dark)
      Cataloged under Civil War, 1861-1865, pensions, indexes; does not say if Confederate or Federal, but probably Federal. Negative film, some cards much too faint or dark to read, some cards blurred or faded, particularly the service unit and the dates of application. Most of the very faint or dark cards were in a slightly different format, with space for years enlisted and discharged which were sometimes filled in. Many of these were for service in later years, although one or two were for service ca 1866.
      Name of soldier, alias, name of dependent widow or minor, service (military unit or units), date of filing, class (invalid or widow or minor or other), Application #, Certificate #, state from which filed (sometimes blank), attorney (sometimes blank, MAD: did not usually copy), remarks. Sometimes the "Invalid" or "Widow" class had an "s" added to it before the application #; occasionally the area for the service information included a circled "S". The minor's name was frequently that of the guardian rather than the minor.
      The military unit was frequently the Company Letter, the Regiment Number, sometimes US Vet Vol Inf. (US Veteran Volunteer Infantry), L.A. (Light Artillery), H.A. (Heavy Artillery), US C Inf (US Colored? Infantry), Cav. (Cavalry), Mil. Guards, V.R.C. (?Volunteer Reserve Corps?), etc. Sometimes there were several service units given.
      Cards appear to be arranged by the last name, first name, middle initial if any, and state (including "US") of service.
      Duncan, Frederick C., widow Duncan, Kate B.; naval service, Ad masters Nrse?; 1909 June 23, Invalid Appl. #57291, Cert. #41155; 1931 April 3, Widow Appl. #1690465, Cert. #2-7-21-31, ILL; remarks XC2640453, Died Mar. 28, 1931, Princeton, Ill. (MAD: 1910 Bureau Co. IL census index)
      Duncan, John, widow Duncan, Honora; G 151 Ill. Inf.; 1890 July 16, Invalid Appl. #826109, Cert. #585892, Ill.; 1924 March 5, Widow Appl. #1216422, Cert. #947870, Iowa. (MAD: 1870-1900 Bureau Co. IL, b.1844 NY, she in 1910 Scott Co. IA)

HISTORIES before 1923

"Past and present of Bureau County, Illinois" by George B. Harrington; pub. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1906, 961 pgs. (LH4510, HeritageQuest images 4/2007; FHL 977.3372 H2gh and film 934,971 item 3)
      Pg.435-436: C.B. DORR, section 34, Indiantown township, born September 14, 1861, ... George E. Dorr, father of our subject, New York, to this county, died in 1890 ... [had] married in New York Sarah A. Harrison ... died in 1900. C.B. Dorr married Miss Luella M. Duncan, a daughter of D.H. Duncan, of Tiskilwa, and they have three children: Bertha M., 10 years of age; Marion A., 6 years; and George H., 2 years. ... Congregational church at Providence ...
      Pg.815-816: CAPTAIN F.C. DUNCAN, manager of the Princeton gas plant, although one of the more recent acquisitions to the citizenship of Princeton, is so well known in business circles in Illinois as to have become already a representative resident of this place. He is a native of Bath, Maine, born March 23, 1847. His parents were Captain Charles C. and Hannah (Tibbetts) Duncan, who were likewise natives of Maine. In early life Captain Charles Duncan began following the sea and was a shipmaster. He took his family on various European and Mediterranean voyages until he established himself in New York city as a ship broker and ship owner in 1854. He also had a branch office in England, and carried on that business until 1867. ... Returning to this country, he resided in Brooklyn, New York, until he removed to Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1885, and became interested in school work there, in which he continued up to the time of his death, which occurred in Northfield in 1898. His wife passed away in New York city in 1869.
            Captain Duncan of this review largely acquired his education in the schools of Bath, Maine, and attended the Polytechnic schools of Brooklyn, New York, and he also continued his studies in England to some extent. ... In 1863 he came to the United States from England, and after receiving a special order from Gideon Welles, then secretary of the navy, to have his age waived, ... he obtained an acting appointment and went on board the United States ship Brooklyn as an officer of the United States navy ... At the close of the war he returned to the merchant service and sailed as chief officer until he obtained command in 1871. (list of his ships) In 1898 at San Francisco, and for a year thereafter remained a resident of that city. ... On nearly all of these voyages he was accompanied by his family, and his two youngest sons were born on board that ship.
            In 1899 Captain Duncan located at Galesburg, Illinois, where he became assistant secretary and treasure of the gas and electric light company ... When George F. Duncan of the McKinley syndicate purchased the Princeton gas works of H.S. Captron, he asked his brother to take charge of the new purchase, and he removed his family to Princeton on the 12th of May. This is his present business connection. The gas plant had its inception in 1874 and became an established fact in 1875. ...
            Captain Duncan was married in New York city to Miss Kate Belcher, a native of Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Samuel E. and Elizabeth (Foshay) Belcher, the former for thirty-four years president of the Jefferson Fire Insurance Company of New York city ... he made his home there until recent years, and now lives with his daughter in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the age of 82 years. His wife passed away in New York city in 1902. Unto Captain and Mrs. Duncan have been born five children: Alice, at home; Otis Belcher, who is connected with the Western Electric Company in Chicago; Kate, at home; Fred Belcher, a student in Knox College, and Charles Clifford, at home. Captain Duncan is a republican, ... both he and his wife took letters to Central Congregational church at Galesburg, Illinois, from Plymouth church of Brooklyn, New York, ... in which both their fathers were deacons. The family now reside on South Pleasant street in Princeton, ... (MAD: Bath, Sagadahoc Co. ME; Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY; Northfield, Franklin Co. MA)


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